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Amesbury is a small, diverse New England town, tucked into the hills and fields along the Powow and Merrimack Rivers on the seacoast north of Boston.

Soon after Amesbury was settled in 1642, the rushing waters of the Powow River were harnessed for mills, and the modest farming community began its ascent into American industrial history. Amesbury, it is believed, was the site of the first American factory to produce machine-made nails. Ship building, followed in the 19th century by textile mills, dominated the settlement's early industry. From 1853 until well into the 1900s, Amesbury carriages, known around the world for their workmanship and style, were the economic heartbeat of the town. The Merrimack Hat Factory at its peak produced more head gear than any of its competitors. And the nation's number one candy was, for a while, Hoyt's Buffalo Brand Peanut Butter Kisses, produced ... in Amesbury.

As a newcomer to the area, you'll discover qualities which the natives have long taken to - the fine natural setting, and access to the outdoors - hiking, skiing, boating and swimming are all available. Lake Attitash forms part of thc town's northwestern border and covers over 400 acres. It is the second largest body of water in Essex county.

Shipbuilding, textiles & carriages

Lake Gardner was formed by building a dam across the Powow River. Large quantities of ice used to be cut on this lake in winter to supply the town during the year, but these days Lake Gardner is best known for its town beach and swimming area, as well as its lovely vistas.

A neighborly, informal atmosphere; the comfortable bustle of the downtown's Market Square and Millyard Park; strong schools, excellent health-care facilities, an unusually well-stocked public library and a supportive environment for the arts make Amesbury special.


Perhaps even more than this we think you'll enjoy Amesbury's access to New England's major cities and highways, as well as a housing market that covers the spectrum from affordable to luxurious.




If business is your pleasure, vou'll be pleased to see history still alive in Amesbury. Skilled craftsmen, some of them descended from Amesbury's prestigious ship- and carriage-building tradesmen, bring pride to their work in sophisticated high-tech, defense, and fabricated-products companies.

The "Golden Triangle," an office area bounded by Interstates 95 and 495 and Route 110, offers an excellent location & opportunity for growth. The Hunt Road Industrial Area, nearly 400 acres of industrially-zoned land, still has plenty of room for planned growth.

  • Amesbury Spotlight:

    Population: 15,101

    Square Miles : 13.83

    Tax rate fiscal 2008: $14.60

    Government: Mayor - City Council

    Business: Major industries are high technology, defense companies,

    furniture manufacturers and metal and plastic fabricators.

    Business Organizations: Amesbury Chamber of Commerce, Amesbury Industrial Foundation

    Churches: Six Protestant churches, two Catholic churches, one

    Friends Meeting House and one Seventh Day Adventist church.

    Elder Services: Council on Aging/Amesbury Senior Center; Community Action, Inc.

    Hospital and Health Services: Amesbury Health Center , Merrimack

    Valley Rehabilitation Center , various adult care facilities.

    Library: Amesbury Public Library

    Post Office: Full service, on Main Street

    Recreation: Town park, Friend Street ; Town beach, Lake Gardner ; Woodsom Farm and Town Forest (hiking, bird watching, cross-country skiing); Amesbury Sports Park (snow tubing/driving

    range), Amesbury Golf & Country Club, fishing and boating in lakes,

    rivers and ocean; various sports leagues.

    Safety: City Police and Fire Departments; Ambulance service.

    Schools: One high school, one vocational-technical high school, one middle school, three elementary schools. Private Schools: Seventh Day Adventist School, Harbor Schools residential treatment center, YMCA Kid Stop, Head Start, Literacy Center.

    Higher Learning: Northern Essex Community College , Haverhill . Adult Education: Whittier Regional

    Vocational Technical High School , Haverhill .

    Daycare: Two full-service daycare and pre-school programs.

    Service Organizations: Kiwanis, Lions, Rotary

    Transportation: Bus service to cities throughout the Merrimack Valley and beyond.

    Commuter rail service from Newburyport . Airports at Lawrence , Boston , and Manchester NH .

    Young People's Groups: Boy Scouts; Girl Scouts; Amesbury

    Parent/Child Co-Op; Amesbury Youth Funding, Inc.


    Courtesy of The Amesbury Chamber of Commerce

    PO . Box 303 , Amesbury , MA 01913

    (978) 388-3178

Of course, if you're in the area for a visit, you'll be able to see a lot of this for yourself. What you might miss on your own are the river vistas out Pleasant Valley Road, the solitude of a canoe trip down the Powow River, or a stroll by the beautiful stretch of homes along Point Shore. You might miss the views from "Po" Hill and Deer Island, the waters of lakes Gardner and Attitash and Tuxbury Pond, or the 400 acres of town-owned Woodsom Farm and Town Forest. You might not realize just how close you are to ocean sailing, deep-sea and fresh-water fishing, bird watching, camping, kayaking, or down-hill and cross-country skiing. Small as this community is, the possibilities often seem remarkable. Yet there's still more to catch your fancy in Amesbury. Let us know how we may help you with your plans, whether your stay is for a weekend ... or a lifetime.

Stone Ridge Properties   Sonja Shine, REALTOR®
Stone Ridge Properties
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